A Proper Exercise Can Reduce Risk of Hypertension

Hypertension is still a major problem in the world. According to the WHO in 2002, hypertension is the number one cause of death in the world, followed by cholesterol and overweight.

2010 data in the United States indicates that 28.6% of adults aged 18 and over suffer from hypertension. Most of them have learned that they had hypertension but only 53.3% were successful control of blood pressure within normal limits.

While in Indonesia, based on data from the Health Research Association (Riskesdas) Department of Health in 2007 reached 31% and the figure was up to date increased 2-3 fold.

Hypertension is called the "silent killer", this is because 80% of the incident did not cause symptoms. Headaches or pain in the neck that is often complained of is not solely caused by hypertension, but could be due to the effects of other diseases.

The only way to know if the person's blood pressure high is to measure blood pressure in a professional manner by using a blood pressure cuff. Someone with a systolic blood pressure is consistently 140 or higher and a diastolic pressure of 90 or more are considered to have hypertension.

Lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes, regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco are the key factors in an effort to reduce the risk of hypertension. But many people are still wrong in applying it in everyday life, one sport. There are still a lot of misperception about how the sport is actually recommended.

Sports are games like futsal, football, or badminton is often done without first heating and cool down afterwards. As a result, instead of exercise done to reduce the risk of hypertension but did not give any positive effects to the body.

"Exercise is recommended to reduce the risk of hypertension is a sport that is both continuity and gradual, such as running, swimming, cycling, and running fast," said dr. Ika Prasetya Wijaya, SpPD, K-KV, FINASIM, in a press conference held in the framework of the World Health Day, Monday (04/08/2013).

Dr.. Ika also recommends that exercise is good for reducing the risk of hypertension is when done on a regular basis for at least 30 minutes for 5x a week, so with this order will reduce high blood pressure slowly.

"This does not mean sports like futsal, badminton, and football is not a positive influence at all on the body.'s Just that in exercising the necessary steps right, which begins with a warm up for 30 minutes and terminated by cooling for 15 minutes," Further dr. Ika is currently also active as a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Specialist Doctors In Indonesia (PB PAPDI).

Current lifestyles that tend to pay less attention to the importance of taking action to reduce the risk of hypertension is expected to be changed to start changing your diet properly, stop smoking, exercise regularly and correctly.